Product request: Enclosure for Arduino/Perma-Proto

by thoughtfix on Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:55 pm

Just today I was wondering how I am going to stuff my current Arduino project behind the dash in my car. I went looking through enclosures and always have to "guess" if my components will fit and hope I am steady with the drill and mounting hardware.

I know Adafruit has the ability to both build and source excellent enclosures and I am a happy owner of a Pi Box, Bone Box, and several of the proto plates. What would thrill me is something that had mounting for an Arduino on one side, a half-sized or tin-sized Perma Proto board on the other, and would snap together like a suitcase. It'd have about an inch in between which would be plenty of space for components and/or a shield and the wiring that would fold together. Ideally ABS, aluminum, or some other relatively-easy-to-drill material for attachments and wires.

The Pibow is an excellent idea, too. Users could made the enclosure thinner or thicker with different bolt sizes, swap solid plates for plates with cut-outs, and still have the perma-proto mount on one side and the Arduino on the other.

If some enterprising person with a laser cutter or 3D printer wants to try this, I'd buy 5 at $20 each. If there's enough of a market for it, maybe we can talk Adafruit into an original design.

*edit* I accidentally a word.
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Re: Product request: Enclosure for Arduino/Perma-Proto

by adafruit on Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:09 am

thank you!
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Re: Product request: Enclosure for Arduino/Perma-Proto

by matt_adafruit on Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:16 am

This is a really interesting idea. The good news is that you don't have to wait for us to provide what you are looking for! Take a look at Thingiverse and other repositories for some excellent lasercut and 3D printed examples for projects already complete -- or quickly put something together in Sketchup, 123D Design, or Tinkercad based on the measurements YOU need for your project in progress.

One question I have been asking those requesting 3D enclosure models -- are you looking for models for faceplates and electronics enclosures to drop into parametric CAD software (a model "library") so that you can customize them, or enclosures with mounting solutions already solved? The former approach satisfies more needs but requires more 3D modeling experience for the user. The latter satisfies fewer cases, but requires little to no adjustment for use.
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Re: Product request: Enclosure for Arduino/Perma-Proto

by thoughtfix on Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:20 pm

I've never done 3D modeling and lack the ability to prototype and test through trial and error, so I'll either have to approach this very methodically or take a plunge and get a 3D printer. I hope an existing 3D modeling person answers your question there.

I'll flip through Thingiverse today! Thanks.
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